Started Final 10 Games Of Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Anthony Dallier's role on the Yale men's basketball team underwent an unexpected change late in the season. After coming off the bench for the first 20 games, Dallier was thrust into the starting lineup. His response was inspiring.
After scoring in double figures only once as a reserve, he did it six times in 10 games as a starter, including a 12-point, four-assist performance in Yale's win over Columbia that clinched the outright Ivy League championship. He also scored 12 points and added five rebounds against Duke in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
It appears his teammates took notice, as they have elected Dallier captain of the 2016-17 Bulldogs. The announcement was made at the post season banquet at the Yale Club of New York on Monday night.
"It's truly an honor for me to be recognized by my teammates and elected captain," said Dallier, a Wexford, Pa., native. "I hope to help the team by leading by example day in and day out and continuing to maintain the culture of success that has been established in recent years."
In his career, Dallier has appeared in 83 games and averaged nearly 15 minutes. He was the recipient of the team's Most Improved Player Award at Monday's banquet. As a sophomore he played in 27 games and shot 71.4 percent from the free throw line. In his freshman season, he received the John C. Cobb Award as the team's rookie of the year.
"Anthony has natural leadership qualities as well as a high basketball IQ," said James Jones, The Joel E. Smilow, Class of 1954 Head Coach of the Bulldogs. "He works extremely hard and has a great desire for the game of basketball."
Dallier also served as a captain at Northfield Mount Hermon, where he helped lead the team to its first NEPSAC AAA championship and its first national prep championship. In addition, he has benefitted from playing on veteran-laden Yale teams.
"I believe the experience of being captain of a successful team in prep school will certainly help me," he said. "I also think the experience being on the team the last three years and seeing how the leaders of those teams were able to have positive impact will make a huge difference."
Dallier will have plenty of support from classmates Sam Downey and AJ Edwards.
"I have never been a big believer that you need a title or even need to be an upperclassmen to be a leader," Dallier said. "I expect many guys on the team to have large leadership roles next year. We will be a fairly young team, and to be successful, we'll need a lot of guys to step up as leaders."
Dallier will return to the Pittsburgh area this summer where he will be interning in commercial real estate for JLL. He also will have the opportunity to work out with other college players from the Pittsburgh area.
Two summers ago, Dallier gained international experience as part of the 2014 World Vision Sports USA Select team that travelled to China. He visited Chongqing, Guangzhou and Liaoning and played in a four-nation tournament against teams from China, Slovenia and Australia. In addition, there were games against Chinese professional teams.
Dallier knows there is much work to be done before the start of official practice in the fall.
"What we do this spring and what we do over the summer will be the foundation for our team headed into next year," he said. "It is important to take that seriously and improve as much as we can."
Report filed by Tim Bennett (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity